Student Stories

Passive Income Turns Couple’s Retirement Dreams Into Reality

Craig & Liz Connors

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Approaching their 60s, Craig and Liz Connors wanted more than a “good enough” retirement. They wanted to travel freely, and spend more time with their family. They wanted not just to maintain, but to grow their wealth during their golden years -- and ultimately to leave a financial legacy for their children & grandchildren. Naturally, they were drawn to long-term wealth-building power of real estate … but they had no desire to deal with tenants, toilets, or termites. When they joined the FortuneBuilders’ Mastery program, they found the precise financial roadmap they were looking for. Through Mastery’s Passive Income Club, they were able to acquire 6 rental properties without any of the typical hassles of being a landlord. Through Mastery’s Grand Coast Capital partnership, they’re able to earn passive double-digit returns far exceeding what they were used to in the stock market. Today, the Connors find themselves with all the freedom, adventure, & financial security they desired.
Dee Franco
Pearland, TX
Dianet Franco is one of those rare individuals who can light up a room with her smile. Looking at her now, you might think her life was handed to her on a silver platter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Born in Mexico, Dianet moved to the U.S. at the age of 4. She dropped out of school after the 6th grade, got married, and soon thereafter left her abusive husband to give her two young girls a better future. With no formal education, Dianet has worked against the odds to go from making $8/hr to become a real estate investing Diva. With the guidance of her FortuneBuilders’ education and coaches, she gained the knowledge and confidence to complete her first deal, and has done many, many more since. Dianet is a true role model; her story is an inspiration. She reminds us that, “we’re all destined to do great things, we just have to believe it!”
Sam Craven
Houston, TX
Sam Craven’s dream has always been to be a racecar driver. While competitively racing during college, Sam realized that becoming a Pro Racer takes a tremendous amount of money, and therefore wouldn’t be a reality for him. After earning an Engineering Degree, Sam took a job in sales. However even a lucrative sales job wouldn’t provide him with the future he envisioned. In 2012, Sam and his father, Robert, decided to join Mastery and start their own real estate investing business, Senna House Buyers. Since then, this father/son team haven’t looked back. By implementing FortuneBuilders’ systems, Sam & Robert quickly achieved success, completing 30+ transactions their first year. Today, father and son are closer than ever. They’ve built a team of eight people and growing, and are on task to complete over 100 deals this year. Sam’s drive, both on and off the track, has even allowed him to once again pursue his passion for racing and buy a brand new racecar, proudly branded with his company name and logo.
Dee Willard-Ruffin
Fort Washington, MD
Dee Willard-Ruffin rose through the ranks of the U.S. Postal Service to become the first black female Postmaster in Bethesda Maryland. After reeling from the devastating loss of her husband, she took early retirement after 26 years of service. Dee’s search to bring new meaning to her life led her to attend a local FortuneBuilders real estate investing class. This free 2-hour event was the catalyst for Dee to get a new lease on life and pursue her passion for real estate. Since joining the Mastery program in 2012, she has completed 14 rehabs – many of them full guts. Dee employs several of her family members, is a role model in her community and has been recognized by FortuneBuilders CEO, Than Merrill, as one of our most inspirational success stories.
Jonathan Legacy Perez
Woodland Hills, CA

Starting in the streets of Miami, and relocating to L.A. to pursue his passion, Jonathan “Legacy” Perez’s talent and determination catapulted him to the pinnacle of success in the dance world. He's performed with Gwen Stefani and Justin Bieber, starred in movies like “Step Up 3D,” and is best known as a finalist on Season 6 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Legacy’s desire to succeed, both on and off the dance floor, led him to pursue his interest in real estate. Joining Mastery and starting Legacy Homevestments have become defining moments in Legacy’s life. His story is living proof that no matter where you came from, when you take the time to make an investment in yourself and you make up your mind to succeed, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.